UCCE Marin County 2015 Annual Report
University of California
UCCE Marin County 2015 Annual Report

UCCE Marin Staff

University of California Academic Advisors

David Lewis

David Lewis
, Director and Watershed Management Advisor
David Lewis is the Director of both Marin and Napa counties.  The Watershed Management Program provides education to maintain viable natural resource management and agricultural production while conserving, protecting, and restoring watershed function.  Areas of program research include: point and nonpoint source pollution management and links between agricultural and natural resource management practices and watershed beneficial uses.

Steven Swain

Steven Swain, Environmental Horticulture Advisor
Steven Swain is the Environmental Horticulture Advisor for Marin and Sonoma counties.  The Environmental Horticulture Program promotes sound plant health care in our urbanized county, with an emphasis on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles.


Julia Van Soelen Kim
, Food Systems Advisor
Julia Van Soelen Kim's work focuses on the viability, sustainability, and equity of regional food systems.  Her efforts are directed at strengthening the connections between farmers and consumers by supporting the viability of small-scale and diversified agricultural production and expanding access to affordable local food.

Cross County Advisors

Stephanie Larson

Stephanie LarsonLivestock & Range Management Advisor
Stephanie Larson works with ranchers and producers, addressing such topics as animal health and welfare, marketing, and the management of range and natural resources.  The Livestock and Range Program also conducts research in the wise stewardship of lands, humane methods of predator control, and sustainable agriculture for the livestock industry.

Paul Olin

Paul OlinMarine Science Advisor
The Marine Science Program serves both Marin and Sonoma Counties and promotes the wise use of coastal and marine resources.  Technical assistance is provided to the commercial fishing and aquaculture industries, seafood processors, and retailers through a collaboration between UCCE, California Sea Grant and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego (SIO).

Paul Vossen

Paul VossenSpecialty Crops Advisor
Paul Vossen works with the county's 800 small-scale commercial farmers who grow olives, tree fruits, nuts, berries, vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, and other specialty crops on about 8,000 acres.  The Specialty Crops Program goal is to help farmers, processors, and marketers make a profit in local agriculture while promoting sustainable practices

University of California Program Staff

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Janice AlexanderForest Health Educator
Janice works with a variety of stakeholders to protect the health of forests and wildlands, including assisting tribes with pest management issues (with the Western Region Tribal IPM Work Group) and delivering environmental education to underserved youth. She is an organizer and facilitator for the Working Group for Phytophthoras in Native Habitats, and coordinates statewide education efforts on sudden oak death and invasive species in firewood via the California Oak Mortality Task Force and the California Firewood Task Force, respectively.

Allison Keaney

Allison Keaney4-H Program Representative
Allison supports Marin County’s twelve general and specialty clubs, 4-H in the Classroom, 4-H afterschool and Camp.  4-H Youth Development helps diverse young people discover and develop their potential through learn by doing activities, youth-adult partnerships, and research-based educational programs help young people enhance their leadership abilities and develop a wide range of other life skills. 


Lauren Klein
Community Gardens Program Coordinator
Lauren Klein coordinates the Community Gardens Program, which supports community and school gardens county-wide. She also helps maintain the Marin Community Gardens interactive map, and promotes policies that encourage both existing and potential community gardens.

Peggy Mathers

Peggy Mathers, Marin-Friendly Garden Walk Program Coordinator
Peggy Mathers coordinates the Marin-Friendly Garden Walk Program, a partnership between Marin Master Gardeners and all Marin’s water districts, to provide homeowners with information and advice on improving their irrigation practices and improving sustainable landscaping techniques in order to help conserve Marin’s water resources.  

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Bonnie Nielsen
Communications Specialist
Bonnie Nielsen provides program support for the office, focusing primarily on the Forest Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Food Systems, and Master Gardener programs.  She provides technical support with website design and management, workshop and outreach event planning, the production of assorted newsletters and other publications, and general office communication needs.

Kelly Kehoe
, Intern
Kelly Kehoe, an intern and graduating Senior from Sonoma State University, developed rancher reports for the Marin Carbon Project and assisted with program evaluation for the Forest Health youth education program.

Marin County Staff

Lisa Bush

Lisa Bush, Agricultural Ombudsman for Marin County
The Agricultural Ombudsman is here to help agricultural producers navigate the permitting process, and to facilitate meetings between the different county, state and federal agencies.  The Ombudsman creates factsheets that outline regulatory requirements for agricultural endeavors in Marin and Sonoma counties.

Effie Cook

Effie Cook
, Program Support
Effie Cook provides lead operational support including administrative financial oversight. She also staffs and supports the Marin County Fish and Wildlife Commission and its annual grant program for environmental education and restoration.

Vicki Jimenez

Vicki Jimenez, Program Support
Vicki Jimenez provides program support for both the 4-H Youth and Marin Master Gardener volunteer programs.  This includes logistics for more than 150 educational events a year, website and social media content and outreach, and managing program participant databases.


Paulette Swallow
Organic & Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator
Paulette Swallow coordinates the Sustainable Agriculture Program, serving the Marin agriculture community with educational workshops, trainings, publications, and the Grown in Marin website, a comprehensive listing of resources for farmers and ranchers as well as the public.  The Sustainable Agriculture Program also provides assistance with ranch diversification, ranch planning, and other transitional phases.  

University of California Marin Master Gardener Presidents

Alana Brady

Alana Brady
Pat Randolph

Pat Randolph
      UC Marin Master Gardeners encourage sustainable landscape practices, support the creation of local food sources, and train people to promote youth gardening. Last year, MMGs donated more than 27,000 hours to our community


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